|Yoga with Ved|
|Yoga with Ved|
In my previous blog post I outlined the many challenges that arise in the practice of meditation. Hopefully in reading about them you have gained a better appreciation of the process and learning that takes place in our practice.
I recognize that the process may seem daunting. I have often felt discouraged and almost completely defeated, many times over, as I pursued that deeper spiritual connection. But I never let go of my dream.
The dream of inner freedom, self-understanding, and experiencing a deeper part of myself.
My master was highly influential in this process. His words and guidance always reminded me that it was possible. His very presence was the proof. Because I could feel that peace, love, and wisdom in him that I was seeking. His life was my evidence that I could have the same experience.
I continue to discover more of my spiritual power as I maintain my practice and stay close to his guidance. But there were some critical points of learning that helped me to rise above my challenges.
Of course the entire process is continuous learning and discovery, but there were certain junctions in my path that caused incredible growth within me. I would like to share with you what I believe were key points on my path.
There is certainly more I can share than these three ideas but this is where I would like to start. I have observed in my classes, coaching and workshops that learning these three concepts and practicing them is often a turning point in your journey. When you begin unlocking these within yourself the quality and impact of your meditations change.
I identify these three breakthroughs that pushed me dramatically towards who I am today. Each of them on their own may seem very simple, but the realization of the idea, and the manifestation of it in my life were nothing short of miraculous for me.
By opening up my understanding of these three breakthroughs I was able to make significant progress in my meditation and on my spiritual path. And I have found that the more I share these particular breakthroughs, the better the results for those who are connecting with me.
That is why I am sharing them with you now. Because I believe if you are able to understand these points and then actually engage them in your meaningfully in life you will see miraculous changes.
As with any simple idea, it may seem deceptive and easy to practice, but there is a depth that must be uncovered before the real potential shows.
The three breakthroughs that I have experienced are:
I would like explore each of these so that you can go into them in greater detail in your own practice.
The Process Of Practice
In the act of practicing you engage with a particular spiritual technique or process. If you are sincerely practicing you will apply your full energy, attention, effort, and intelligence in the process. In that act there will be some exploration and discovery.
By working with the process there is learning taking place. It is experiential learning. You will be learning through doing, not simply learning ideas.
Developing Energy Awareness
When I began speaking about energy awareness I realized that many people believe that it is not possible for them. That somehow I am unique and that they may never experience that energy that lies within themselves.
I honestly believe that I am not unique. It is simply a matter of practice, discipline, and exploration. I have spent much of my life learning about this side of life and trying to discover more within myself. Anyone can have the same experiences as I have.
My Master's Words
I do not remember exactly when it happened for me, it must be some years now. Nor do I remember how long it took exactly – perhaps a few weeks where I slowly shifted away from the flow of thoughts.
But I remember clearly some of my master’s words and urgings that helped me to do it.
He would say to me, “the head is too hot!” As some older Trinidadians people used to say. “There is too much thinking, there is like a vice grip on the mental space,” he told me another time.
The Inner Monologue
After a long time of practicing this I realized that we all live by our inner monologues. We construct a story in our minds, a narrative about ourselves, and then follow it to the letter. We believe everything the mind says is true.
But it is not so. I am constantly encouraging my students to see the mind for what it is and to see the stories that the mind creates.
When we work in our classes I remind everyone to breathe, detach from the mind, and seek to see the flow of thoughts without being captured in them.
This is part of the process of going beyond the mind and into our deeper being. When this skill of detaching from the mind is developed, your meditation will become much more deliberate, purposeful, and fulfilling.